Usage examples for abatis

  1. The defenses consisted of a rampart of clay, eight feet high, surmounted by a strong stockade, forming a square with a bastion at each angle; four small cannon were mounted on each bastion, and a deep ditch surrounded the whole; there was a natural glacis where the ground fell away on two sides of the quadrangle and on the others a strong abatis had been constructed at a short distance from the crest of the counterscarp. – The Story of Old Fort Loudon by Charles Egbert Craddock
  2. Artillery could not be used, for the guns could bear upon the abatis only from the crest of which I have spoken, and if posted there the cannoneers, at the very short range, would not have been able to serve their pieces. – Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War by Various
  3. Some weeks before, a French officer named Hugues had suggested the defence of this ridge by means of an abatis. – Historic Handbook of the Northern Tour by Francis Parkman
  4. The latter were protected by an abatis in which torpedoes were placed and so connected by wires that an abnormal tension upon a wire would cause an explosion. – The History of Company A, Second Illinois Cavalry by Samuel H. Fletcher
  5. The quickly formed line broke irregularly, as we ran over the space between us and the abatis, the sappers vainly trying to keep ahead. – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  6. In the first place, they erected " triumphal arches" to the enemy; that is to say, they obstructed the road by raising a number of abatis, besmeared with pitch the wooden railing of the bridge built across the Eisach near the village of Pleis, loosened the planks of the bridge, and began to build " avalanches." – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
  7. After a little it led to the winding channel of a creek crawling through a marsh, whose looped and matted sedges were in turn bordered by the primeval forest and its bristling abatis of great trees, prostrate and bent in every degree of incline. – A Hero of Ticonderoga by Rowland E. Robinson
  8. Little by little both Gage and his successor strengthened this post, cutting down trees for abatis, and making advanced posts similar to those at Boston Neck. – The Siege of Boston by Allen French
  9. He reluctantly drew off without another assault, convinced that to capture the abatis and its defenders would cost him half his command. – Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War by Various
  10. They alone, perhaps, can thread their way through the tortuous channels of the reef, or flee with the battling waves to the everlasting rebuff of the Falberg whose white peaks mingle with the vaporous clouds of the pearl- gray sky, or watch with delight the curving sheet of waters, or hear the rushing of the Sieg as it hangs for an instant in long fillets and then falls over a picturesque abatis of noble trees toppled confusedly together, sometimes upright, sometimes half- sunken beneath the rocks. – Seraphita by Honore de Balzac
  11. Intrenchments, field- works, and abatis, with felled trees, lay to landward. – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  12. The Roxbury road ran through a narrow passage between two bastions of earth, surrounded with a heavy abatis and trous de loup. – Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers
  13. I neglected to say that the French, having come to the abatis, waited in line while the pioneers used their axes to clear it away. – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  14. One man in the trench was killed by this shot, and the others ran back to the abatis. – Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War by Various
  15. They took post behind an abatis at a place called La Belle Famille, and the Five Nation warriors placed themselves on their flanks. – Historic Handbook of the Northern Tour by Francis Parkman
  16. The sun had been shining an hour or two, and the bridge before us and the road beyond were defended by abatis and other obstructions. – His Sombre Rivals by E. P. Roe
  17. Hiding our horses behind a knoll, we took a position by some abatis, which had been constructed for the defense of the town and waited until the enemy had approached within about ten rods, when we fired. – The History of Company A, Second Illinois Cavalry by Samuel H. Fletcher
  18. If it had not been for the fact that the French detachment had paused to have the abatis cut through in regular order, they would probably have been in their redoubt before the Americans under Lafayette were in theirs; for when they were once on the height, they occupied but six minutes in making themselves masters of their redoubt and in manning it again for action. – Lafayette by Martha Foote Crow